cataplectic, /kat'euh plek"tik/, adj.
/kat"euh plek'see/, n.
Pathol. a condition characterized by sudden, brief attacks of muscle weakness sometimes causing the body to fall helplessly, that is usually triggered by strong emotion: often associated with narcolepsy.
[1880-85; < G Kataplexie < Gk katáplexis (with suffix prob. by analogy with Apoplexie APOPLEXY) fixation (of the eyes), equiv. to kataplek- (var. s. of katapléssein to strike down) + -sis -SIS]

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  • cataplexy — noun (plural cataplexies) Etymology: German Kataplexie, from Greek kataplēxis, from kataplēssein to strike down, terrify, from kata + plēssein to strike more at plaint Date: 1883 sudden loss of muscle power following a strong emotional stimulus …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cataplexy — n. [Gr. kata, down; plessein, to strike] Feigning death; see catalepsy …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • cataplexy — noun /ˈkætəplɛksi/ An abrupt loss of muscle tone, sometimes associated with narcolepsy …   Wiktionary

  • cataplexy — n. paralysis, shock …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cataplexy — [ katəˌplɛksi] noun a medical condition in which strong emotion or laughter causes a person to suffer sudden physical collapse though remaining conscious. Derivatives cataplectic adjective Origin C19: from Gk kataplēxis stupefaction , from… …   English new terms dictionary

  • cataplexy — cat·a·plexy …   English syllables

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